ASUS Republic of Gamers Releases Maximus VII Formula Z97 Motherboard

ROG’s Z97 ATX gaming motherboard is designed with CrossChill Copper hybrid cooling, SupremeFX Formula 2014 audio, double-sided ROG Armor covers, and Watch Dogs game bundle. By ChannelPro

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has released Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs, Z97 chipset-based ATX gaming motherboards ready for the latest 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel Core processors — codenamed “Haswell,” “Haswell Refresh,” “Haswell Refresh K-Series,” (“Devil’s Canyon”) and “Broadwell.”

The Maximus VII Formula series supports dual-channel up to DDR 3300+ (OC) memory, and quad-GPU SLI and 3-way CrossFireX for gaming rigs with multiple graphics-processing units (multi-GPU). The new motherboard series also includes two SATA Express and ten SATA 3.0 connectors, as well as eight USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports.

Maximus VII Formula features a hybrid-cooling solution with CrossChill Copper, audio with SupremeFX Formula 2014, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst III, and LANGuard. The motherboard also includes Extreme Engine DIGI+ III and TrueVolt 5V gaming power solutions, ROG Armor, and ESD Guards.

Maximus VII Formula is pre-fitted with mPCIe Combo III + 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0, a compact connectivity module with the latest wireless technologies along with mini PCI Express (mPCIe) and M.2 (10Gbit/s PCIe x2 and 6Gbit/s SATA) slots.

Two packages will be available — Maximus VII Formula (MSRP $320) and Maximus VII Formula bundled with Watch Dogs (MSRP $369).

ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Specifications

Processor/CPU socket

LGA 1150 for the 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel Core i3, i5, i7, Pentium, and Celeron processors

Chipset

Intel Z97 Express

Memory

Dual-channel memory architecture; 4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 32GB, DDR3 3300+ (O.C.)

Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion slots

2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (Single at x16, dual at x8/x8 mode)

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (Maximum at x4 mode)

3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots

1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1 slot on mPCIe Combo III card

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel HD Graphics processor

DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 (4K x 2K) at 24Hz and 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz

HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 (4K x 2K) at 24Hz / 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz

Intel InTru 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider

Multi-GPU

Quad-GPU NVIDIA SLI and AMD 3-way / Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology

Storage

10 x SATA 6.0 Gbit/s (4 shared with SATA Express)

2 x SATA Express

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2260 storage devices supported (on mPCIe Combo III card)

Networking/LAN

Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN with GameFirst III and ASUS LANGuard

USB

8 x USB 3.0 ports (6 on back panel, 2 mid-board)

6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 mid-board)

Audio

ROG SupremeFX Formula 2014 8-channel high-definition audio

- SupremeFX shielding technology

- Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC (SNR: 120dB)

- WIMA film capacitors

- Texas Instruments LM4562 high-fidelity audio operational amplifier

- ELNA premium audio capacitors

Sonic SoundStage / Sonic SenseAmp / Sonic Studio / Sonic Radar II

DTS Connect, optical S/PDIF-out port on back panel

Dimensions / form factor

ATX, 12-inch x 9.6-inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm)